What Effect Do Gayborhoods Have on Urban Areas?

The Castro GayborhoodThe sociological and economic benefits of urban “gayborhoods” — loosely defined as neighborhoods in which many gay men and lesbians concentrate — was discussed at length on HuffPost Live this week.

Interestingly, Professor Janice Madden found an interesting discrepancy between the neighborhoods which traditionally attract gay men versus those that draw a high lesbian population.

Men were drawn to neighborhoods that were “close to the downtown and had older housing,” whereas lesbians tended to be located in regions further away from the city. “The politics of lesbians are different than the politics of gay men,” Madden, who examined 36 large U.S. metropolitan areas as part of her research, noted.

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